Selena Marie Gomez is an American actress, singer, songwriter, fashion designer, producer, and philanthropist. Gomez first began acting as a child star on the children's show Barney & Friends from 2002 to 2004. Following various guest appearances and cameos, Gomez was cast as the lead role in the Disney channel series Wizards of Waverly Place in 2007. This, alongside a recurring role on the Disney series Hannah Montana, led to Gomez becoming a teen star. She began appearing in various roles through the Disney channel, and later began making appearances on soundtracks through the company. Gomez signed with Hollywood Records in 2008, and later formed her band Selena Gomez & the Scene that same year. The group released their debut studio album the following year, propelling Gomez to further mainstream success.
While continuing to work with her band, Gomez began appearing in feature films outside of Disney. She had leading roles in films such as Ramona and Beezus and Monte Carlo. Her band's second and third studio albums were commercial success, spawning multiple hit singles.